MEXICO CITY (AFP) – Christina Kim snapped one of the longest winless droughts on the LPGA Tour with a wire-to-wire victory at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational on Sunday.
The 30-year-old American claimed her first victory in almost a decade as she made a par on the second playoff hole to beat China’s Feng Shanshan at the Club de Mexico Golf course.
“I’m at a loss for words right now,” said Kim, who earned US$200,000 for the win. “I’ve been through a lot. That has brought me some comfort knowing that with the downs come the highs.”
Entering this week, Kim had just two top-10 finishes on the season. She lost the only other playoff she has ever been in at the 2010 Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic. Kim fired a final-round, one-under 71, while Feng posted a six-under 66.
Kim entered the final round with a commanding five shot lead but let it slip away. She finished regulation tied with Feng at 15-under-par 273.
Feng used four birdies on the back nine to catch Kim, who tripped to a bogey on number 18.
But after both players made par at the first playoff hole, Feng stumbled to a bogey on the second playoff hole, giving Kim her first title since the 2005 Tournament of Champions.
The next closest golfer was world number one Park In-bee, who shot a four-under 68 to finish alone in third at 11-under 277.